Best Recipe for Real English Scones

cream sconesI ask you, what does it take to get a real English Scone in this country? Those hockey pucks that our stores and eateries have masquerading as scones are an insult.

Okay, I know. I’m sounding like a bit of a snob. And while there isn’t another snobby bone in my body– when it comes to scones, I just want the real thing.

Why? You ask.

Well, long long ago and far far away, back when I lived in England, I worked in an English Tea Room. I made scones all day long, so as to have the bulk of them ready to serve by 4 pm […]

2016-10-24T09:56:48-04:00December 17th, 2007|My Garden / Recipes|66 Comments

Last of the Harvest — and Kiera

Thanks everyone for the well wishes; the writing is going well. I took a break from it this morning to finish putting my garden to bed, which gave me a chance to reflect on the past growing season.

Each year, I try a few new seeds. This year I planted Hokkaido Stella Blue squash and Dave Four-O-Seven quinoa. The squash has been a big hit –it’s sweet and buttery, and hardy. I’d go so far as to say it’s the best new seed I’ve tried in years. The quinoa was a bust; pretty much the whole crop developed rust.

Each year, I try a new experiment. This year I wanted to see how breaking vs. not breaking the scapes off my garlic […]

2016-10-24T09:56:49-04:00September 17th, 2007|.My Dogs and Me, My Garden / Recipes|17 Comments

Garden Experiment 2007

To Break Scape or Not to Break Scape?

That is the question no more.

When I first started growing garlic, I’d read that breaking the scapes (the flower stalks) off the garlic plants soon after they appeared would allow the bulbs to grow bigger (and so I’d always broken the scapes). Made sense, logically speaking; the energy that would be used to grow the scapes would then be forced down into the bulb. I wanted to test this logic for myself to see just how big a difference there’d be.

Garden Experiment 2007:

Break scapes off one bed of garlic and leave scapes on another bed. Evaluate size and weight differential.

The garlic on the left is from the bed with scapes left on. […]

2016-10-24T09:56:50-04:00July 30th, 2007|My Garden / Recipes|15 Comments

A Race to the Finish


I’m true to my mostly Italian Heritage; I can find a way to add garlic to nearly any meal. I’ve long gone through all my garlic bulbs, and am down to the dregs of my minced garlic (above left). I’ve got another month and a half before my garlic plants (above right) are ready to pull. With the help of my brothers and sister cleaning me out (they fight over my garlic), it doesn’t look like I’m gonna make it. I’m counting on the farmer’s market to carry me through…

2016-10-24T09:56:54-04:00June 4th, 2007|My Garden / Recipes|6 Comments

Homemade Bread

There’s something about the smell of freshly baked bread filling the house. Having grown up in a 300 year old house with a beehive oven in the walk-in fireplace, us kids grew up baking our own bread. It’s a holiday tradition the grandkids now carry on.

With a fireplace like this, how could you not bake bread?!


Here’s a better look at the beehive oven hidden behind the hanging pot.


First, we’d get a roaring fire going in there. When it had burned down to coals, we’d push those aside, put in our loaves, and cover the front with a door. The bread always came out with a perfect golden crust […]

2016-10-24T09:56:54-04:00May 26th, 2007|My Garden / Recipes|10 Comments

Planting by the Moon



Planting time here in upstate NY is considered to be safe (danger of frost over) after Mother’s Day. So, as of this past weekend, the gardening gun has gone off.

While my cold weather crops have been in for weeks, now it’s time to get the rest of the garden going. But, I can’t just yet, you see, because I’m waiting for the New Moon — which is still about a day away. And then I’ll wait a couple more days for the moon to be in Cancer. So, don’t be […]

2020-12-29T15:02:55-05:00May 15th, 2007|My Garden / Recipes, spirituality|9 Comments
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